Oranjestad- This year’s Gospel Night in the light of Statia Day activities will be extra special due to the presence of International Gospel Artist/Evangelist Maxine Duncan. Duncan will be joined on stage by various local performers and school groups, during her presentation.
Duncan honed her skills as a singer over many years, beginning at the age of nine in her native Jamaica. Perfecting her talent in church, she was groomed and divinely anointed to spread the gospel. Still, her courage and strength would be tested over the years as she endured the murder of a brother, the loss of a sister through breast cancer, and eluded death herself on a number of occasions while being robbed at gun point.
Her faith would remain unshaken and after moving to the United States, Duncan briefly sang with the gospel group Prophecy Sons of God, through which she came to the attention of popular radio personality Gil Bailey. Mr. Bailey’s introduction of Duncan to radio and concert audiences garnered her critical acclaim.
The gospel industry took note and began to pay tribute, through a number of impressive awards, such as The Gil and Pat Bailey’s Certificate of Achievement, award for the Best Female Gospel Artist, award for Female Artist of the Year, award for Female Entertainer of the Year, award for Album and song of the year for the “I Am Committed (to Jesus)”, and award for Female Artist / Evangelist of the year.
The Statia Festivities Committee says they would like to invite the Community to come out on Friday, November 9 to Fort Oranjestraat to hear the songs.